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Welcome to the Marine Mammal Commission

The Commission was created under Title II of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, which took effect on 21 December of that year. The Commission's primary focus and duties are the protection and conservation of marine mammals.

This site provides a single point of information on the activities, programs, and publications of the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals, and conveys other relevant information on the conservation and protection of marine mammals and their ecosystems.



Draft Consultation Procedures Available for Public Comment

With support from the Commission, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has been collaborating with the Indigenous Peoples Council for Marine Mammals, and other Alaska Native partners, to design model consultation procedures designed to support Alaska Native communities in developing their own policies and procedures for government-to-government consultation for decisions that affect marine mammals. The draft procedures are available on ELI's website here. Comments are being accepted until October 1 2015.

2015 Annual Meeting

We held our 2015 annual meeting May 5-7 in Charleston, SC at the Francis Marion Hotel. A copy of the agenda and presentation materials, including summaries of each session, can be accessed here. At our annual meetings we engage other federal agencies, stakeholders, and interested members of the public on the science, policy, and management issues related to the Commission's mission to conserve marine mammals and their ecosystems.

Arabian Sea humpback whales

May 2015: Marine Mammal Commission sponsored Workshop sets research priorities for endangered Arabian Sea humpback whales. Workshop report available here.

Action on Vaquita
C. Faesi/Proyecto Vaquita via AP (credit)

April 2015: On 16 April 2015 the President of Mexico announced new measures to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise in the upper Gulf of California, Mexico. The new measures include expansion of the protected area for vaquitas to encompass their entire range, a two-year ban on gillnets within this area, concerted enforcement, support for alternative fishing methods, and compensation to the fishing communities. Read more

2014 Annual Report

Mar 2015: The 2014 Annual Report highlights a few of our top accomplishments for 2014 and goals for 2015-2016. Click here to view the report.

Follow the Commission

The Marine Mammal Commission is on Twitter! Follow @MarineMammalCom to stay up to date on MMC news, activities, and events.




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